Tunbridge Wells talking point


Celebrity chef and our columnist Rosemary Shrager will be at the forefront of a new BBC cooking programme aimed at cementing the broadcaster’s reputation as the home of cuisine after The Great British Bake Off moved to Chanel Four.

The Tunbridge Wells-based chef, who has gained a popular following through her cookery books and other television appearances, will be starring in the Big Family Cooking Showdown which is scheduled for broadcasting in the autumn.

Mrs Shrager says she is ‘thrilled’ at being selected and has spent the recent weeks filming ‘all over the country’ for the show.

Describing what viewers can expect, she adds: “The exciting thing is it is a blend of home and studio cooking and families are very much at the heart of the programme.

“I’m hoping to be inspired and surprised by the dishes these families cook at home to put a smile on each other’s faces. We’ll be searching for a household where food is at the heart of their family, with kitchen duties and recipes shared between the generations.”

In a move which reinforces the perception of a looming ratings rivalry between BBC and Chanel Four, the local chef will be starring alongside former Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain on the Big Family Cooking Showdown.

Renowned chef Giorgio Locatelli will round off the professional judges, while television personality Zoe Ball will help front the 12-part show.